The family of Judson William (“Bill”) Clark announced his recent passing on December 28, 2017 and his long ordeal with medical issues is finally at an end after a 16 year battle with cancer and heart disease. Bill was well known in the Santa Ynez Valley from his lengthy years of service as a mail carrier in the rural Santa Ynez areas and his BBQ Bill Catering business doing BBQ at many events in the valley. He was a current or past member/participant of the American Legion, SYV Elks Club and spent many years as a leader in local Boy Scout Pack 40.
Bill was born on July 16, 1944 in Phoenix, Arizona, grew up in San Diego and Lompoc, and passed on December 28, 2017. Bill was a Vietnam veteran and served in the Army from 1964 to 1971, serving in Korea and Germany. After his military service, he lived and worked in Las Vegas and moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1980 and worked for the Social Services Department before starting his 25 year career in 1985 as a rural letter carrier in Buellton and Santa Ynez. He was a descendant of Mormon pioneers who traveled across the plains in wagons and handcarts with Brigham Young to settle in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.
His wife, Lana Clark is a local attorney and he is survived by a son, Judson William Clark II of Denham Springs, Louisiana and step daughters Leanna Moore Watson of Buellton, Christina Moore Davis of American Fork Utah, Stephanie June Remick of Solvang, and Autumn Moore Jennings of Santa Maria, together with wonderful sons-in-law and a daughter-in-laws and 14 grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings Nina Anderson of Las Vegas, Nevada, Vincent Clark of Indio, California and Paul Clark of Harlingen, Texas. We suspect he is now enjoying time with his parents, Olin Franklin Clark and Della Mae Butler Hanna, and a brother Grant Clark who predeceased him and is likely BBQing tri tip for them. Three local caregivers, Rebecca Jo Burlam, Candace Garner and Angel Swain were a big help to him the past year as he struggled with health issues.
A funeral will be held to honor Bill's life on Saturday, January 6th at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Solvang.